MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Pelfrey pitched eight strong innings, his longest outing in three years, and the Minnesota Twins avoided a series sweep by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 on Sunday.

Eddie Rosario and Eduardo Escobar had RBIs for the Twins, who otherwise struggled with runners on base. Glen Perkins worked a scoreless ninth for his major league-leading 21st save in as many chances.

Pelfrey (5-2) allowed eight hits and struck out seven. He has yielded only three earned runs over his last four starts, spanning 28 innings. This was his longest performance since April 21, 2012 — his last outing before Tommy John surgery.

Minnesota, which entered fourth in the majors with a .298 batting average with runners in scoring position, finished 2 for 12 in those situations after going 1 for 6 on Saturday.

Twins Make Roster Move

Minneapolis, MN (Minnesota News Network) -- The Minnesota Twins have sent shortstop Danny Santana back to Class AAA Rochester and recalled slugger Kennys Vargas. After a nice rookie campaign in 2014, Santana was struggling with the big club in 2015. Santana's batting average this year was .218 with 11 runs driven in. Vargas was hitting .308 in his 16 games for the Red Wings in Rochester. He was sent down back on May 17th. Vargas will be ready for tonight's game at Target Field against Kansas City.